Monday, April 25, 2011

A Libertarian view on entitlements
My letter is in response to Mr. Treider's letter to the editor on April 20. His claim is that Republicans should continue to fund Medicare, heating oil subsidies, and food stamps for the poor and "needy." While his intentions are commendable, the fact is that these wasteful programs and others should be cut. These programs are, in essence, forced charity from citizens by the government. We are made at the implied point of a gun to pay taxes that are just forced charitable donations. Perhaps if we weren't taxed so much by our out-of-control government, we would be more inclined to give to charities that would help the poor and needy.

'Gift of Green' a winner at Caring for the Kenai
A Cook Inlet Academy student took first place at Thursday's 21st Caring for the Kenai competition for her reforestation project called "A Gift of Green."

Meal ticket: Kenai man charged for feeding young moose in Old Town
Mongo the Moose has his own personal snack stand in Old Town Kenai. Or at least he did, until the Kenai Police Department put the kibosh on his junk food supply.

Long road home : Running provides path back to health for Nikiski man
The slender man in sunglasses could pass for any casual jogger.

Scholarships get 1st-year funds
Gov. Sean Parnell got money for his scholarship plan Friday, but not nearly as much as he wanted and maybe not enough to run the program in its first year.

Kids fill their baskets at egg hunt
Nearly 300 kids aged 1 to 11 showed up at Soldotna Elementary Saturday morning to capitalize on the prospect of free candy at the community Easter egg hunt.

Pebble partner looks to sell stake
One half of the Pebble Limited Partnership is looking to sell.

James Driscoll Nordale
Former Kenai borough attorney James Driscoll Nordale died Tuesday, April 19, 2011. He was 80.

William Wayne 'Bill' Coveyou
Former Nikiski resident William Wayne 'Bill' Coveyou of Longview, Wash., died Wednesday, April 13, 2011. He was 57.

Margaret Mason
Soldotna resident, Ms. Margaret Mason, 76, died Monday, April 18, 2011, in Anchorage.

On obituaries ...
Beginning tomorrow, the Peninsula Clarion will begin charging a fee to publish obituaries.

Redistricting plans need some work
Kenai Peninsula residents pining for the days when the north peninsula shared a Senate district with south Anchorage got their wish last week. The Alaska Redistricting Board released draft plans, including one that splits House districts between the peninsula and Anchorage. It also puts Seward and the eastern peninsula in the same Senate district as Ketchikan.

Setting the record straight on America's oil
With gasoline prices in many areas above $4 a gallon, energy concerns are once again making headlines. Prices have more than doubled since the start of 2009 and are projected to remain at excruciating levels for the foreseeable future.

Around the Peninsula

Potters' Guild holds Mother's Day sale

Is drinking coffee really that bad for you?
Growing up, I berated my mother for drinking coffee. When I was 16, I read a pamphlet on nutrition that labeled coffee as taboo. The idea that coffee was a source of ill health stuck with me until I tried a modern coffeemaker and a new gourmet-coffee fan was born.

News and Notes

Kenai student earns honors at Oregon State

Around the Peninsula

Easter Breakfast Brunch in Nikiski

Making it golden
My parents are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this month.

Births

Bakers welcome son

Seward girls tie Grace
The Seward soccer teams started their season by playing Grace Christian on Saturday at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Spalding, Bak take charge: Duo each wins 3 events at invite
With dominant efforts at the windy Skyview Invitational, Tyler Spalding and Thit Bak proved they are state-title contenders.

KPC commencement just around the corner
The Kenai River Campus will hold its 41st commencement ceremony at 7 p.m., May 3, at Kenai Central High School's Renee C. Henderson auditorium. The Kachemak Bay Campus will celebrate its 30th annual ceremony at 7 p.m., May 4, at the Mariner Theater in Homer High School. Graduates from KPC's Anchorage Extension Site have the option of participating in UAA's or KRC's commencement ceremonies, but they also host a luncheon commemorating the students' achievements.

Around the District

Connections Homeschool Program

Setting the pace: Homer softball has only missed state tournament 1 time
The Homer softball program has things so figured out that when coach Bill Bell jokes that his squad was practicing Friday in XTRATUF boots with cleats, one almost believes him.

Kenai set to play ball: Kardinals join Peninsula squads Soldotna, Homer in NLC
John Kennedy stood next to the third-base dugout at Kenai Little League fields on blustery afternoon, looking toward the outfield.

Woodbridge, Ward to wed
Margaret Woodbridge, of Seattle, Wash.; and Rocky C. Ward, of Kodiak, announce their engagement to be married this winter.

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